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I want a new bathroom - but from where?? HELP....

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StealthMouse Mon 07-Feb-05 13:52:53

Hi guys,

I want a new bathroom has to be contempary/modern and fairly compact so no stand alone baths or anything!

After having a terrible experience with MFI when I had my kitchen done, I'm mpre than a little anxious.

So does anyone know anywhere that does 'funky' bathrooms or anywhere that you have bought one from and not had any problems with fitting etc...

Any suggestions would be fab!!

iota Mon 07-Feb-05 13:54:16

do not use dolphin- very over-proced. We went to a local shop and got a local specialist fitter

iota Mon 07-Feb-05 13:54:39

or even over-priced

otto Mon 07-Feb-05 13:55:22

Try Loads of traditional and designer-style stuff.

StealthMouse Mon 07-Feb-05 13:57:02

iota - you're in Mk aren't you. Which store did you use?

I've heard bad things about Dolphin - weren't they on Watchdog a while ago?

Off to look at bathstore now...

StealthMouse Mon 07-Feb-05 13:58:47

iota - you're in Mk aren't you. Which store did you use?

I've heard bad things about Dolphin - weren't they on Watchdog a while ago?

Off to look at bathstore now...

iota Mon 07-Feb-05 13:59:06

New City Heating in Bletchley - they have a list of specialist fitters

noddyholder Mon 07-Feb-05 14:00:31

we bought our stuff from and a local plumber fitted it It looks great just needs decorating now

iota Mon 07-Feb-05 14:00:41

there's a bathstore in MK - had a look around there too, but in the end the fitter we engaged recommended stuff after we explained what we wanted.

StealthMouse Mon 07-Feb-05 14:11:29

SO do I need to find a fitter before I start looking for a suite??

I am clueless

ediemay Mon 07-Feb-05 16:00:11

Hi stealthmouse, just been doing our bathroom too and we went to bathstore. Their sale is still on and there are some good bargains. It would be good to get a good local plumber to look at the bathroom first so you don't buy the wrong stuff or stuff which won't fit. Check things like the space for a bath, where you want to put the loo, sink and radiator and get the plumber to check it will work out. If you're buying a shower you need to make sure you get one which suits your heating system and the amount of pressure you have. Good luck!

stripey Mon 07-Feb-05 16:11:32

We had fit and replumb our whole bathroom a couple of years ago - they were great definitely recommended. The even drew up a computer plan and came to the house and measured everything etc

StealthMouse Mon 07-Feb-05 18:52:23

Wow, bathstore does come highly recommended.

I had a look on there website earlier and there's a couple of suites I like but I think they might all be too big...

I'll have to go and have a look round one of there showrooms.

Anyone have any other recommendations as well??

chonky Mon 07-Feb-05 18:58:25

Stealthmouse - a lot of plumbers/ bathroom fitters will be able to source you a bathroom suite e.g. Armitage Shanks/ Twyfords etc. at trade price + 10%, which works out a lot cheaper than most stores. Have you found a plumber yet?

misdee Mon 07-Feb-05 19:00:00

while your talking bathrooms, i have a corner bath atm which i hate, but bathroom is quite narrow, can someone go measure a standard bath for the length for me to see if ican fit one in.

princesspeahead Mon 07-Feb-05 19:16:29

my sis is an architect and uses bathstore a lot.

otherwise you just need a good local plumbers merchant to recommend you a good plumber, and then go and order up what you want after looking at the ideal-standard/armitage shanks/whatever brocures.
ideal standard to a range called "SPACE" which is contemporary and clean-lined but designed to be quite spacesaving for smallish bathrooms. bit of a design classic. hth

SofiaAmes Mon 07-Feb-05 22:05:06

misdee, standard baths range from 1600 - 1800mm (outside measurements) long.

StealthMouse Tue 08-Feb-05 08:51:17

Ok, this maybe harder than first thought.

So firstly I need to find a plumber, right? will the plumber do everything to do with the fitting then?

chonky Tue 08-Feb-05 09:06:22

They should do, a lot of them will arrange a tiler and electrician for you too (if needed).

iota Tue 08-Feb-05 09:47:13

The man we used styled himself a bathroom specialist and he did the whole lot - electric, tiling and plumbing - he was fab - aged around 60 so had lots of experience and gave us lots of good advice. He did a great job

bronniemuldoon Tue 08-Feb-05 15:54:08

This is what my DH does (bathroom specialist) and he always finds it better to see the job before you go and buy anything as sometimes what you fall in love with in the shop may not actually fit/suit your bathroom. Then you have all the hassle of taking it back etc. Most big bathroom showrooms will have cards for plumbers/fitters they can recommend, just make sure when you see them that you are aware of what they take on (some don't do electrics, decorating etc as well as fitting the bathroom). HTH.

StealthMouse Tue 08-Feb-05 15:59:49

Wow, this is really helpful. So I need to find a 'Bathroom Stylist'. Or if I start looking round some showrooms they'll have people who I can contact befor eI choose what to buy(?)

Demented Tue 08-Feb-05 16:00:42

Kohler stuff is lovely if you like a more contemporary look.

StealthMouse Tue 08-Feb-05 16:03:20

Ooo, never heard of them am off to find their website!

bronniemuldoon Tue 08-Feb-05 16:05:15

I think people call themselves all sorts of things, you probably just need to make sure you get a bathroom fitter not just a plumber (who often don't do tiling etc but just the straight plumbing). The best bet is to try to get someone who organises any other trades for you too so you don't have to trawl around for plasterers, decorators, electricians yourself if you need them. Recommendations from friends/colleagues are a good place to start, or the bathroom stores may well recommend somebody to you.

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